Nigeria’s first supermodel, Yemi Fawaz is dead at the age of 64.
It is gathered that Fawaz who pioneered professional modelling in Nigeria and became Nigeria’s first supermodel died yesterday, February 20th at New York Lenox Hill Hospital.
News of her death was confirmed by her daughter, Oluwatobi Magdalene Fawaz, via Facebook on Thursday.
“It is with great sadness that I am announcing the passing of my Mother Deaconess Yemi Fawaz.
“We thank God for her well-lived life and for her strong faith in the Lord Almighty. Her homegoing arrangements will be announced soon.
“I ask that you keep our family in your prayers and I am grateful that she was able to touch you all in so many ways,” the statement read.
It is further gathered that she was battling colon cancer, had a hole in her heart and her kidney had begun to fail her prior to her death.
Fawaz started her modeling career and became a supermodel in the late 70s. She also established a modeling school and did a lot for the fashion industry in Nigeria. She left in Nigeria in 1997 and didn’t return until 2016.
She is survived by her 33-year-old daughter, Magdalene Oluwatobi